St. Johns Community Center

Community And Arts Center
St Johns Community Center Exterior
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers are open to provide recreation for all.
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Inclement Weather Policy and Closures

Safety is our top priority. For the latest information about cooling centers, tips for staying safe and updates to city services, please visit this page:
Stay Safe during the Heat

PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Call 503-823-2533 or visit for the most current information. Some recreation programs may run as conditions and staff availability allow. Safety is a major factor in determining operations at each PP&R facility. PP&R facilities, our social media outlets, and our website will all feature operating information including opening and closing times.


Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for team-oriented, enthusiastic, and qualified staff!  Join our team today. 

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Access Discount Program - Reduced Pricing

 Thanks to the Parks Local Option Levy, Portland residents can get a discount on program and activity fees. Use the discount for community center and pool admission, preschool and after-school programs, classes, camps, swim lessons, and more.

To get a discount, first register for the Access Discount Program, select a discount amount, and then use it for select activities. No proof of income is required. Discount is valid for 12 months from registration date. Go to any community or arts center for more information about how to register.

Choose a discount: 25, 50, 75, or 90%

Learn more about the Access Discount Program 

Sign Up for Activities

General Registration: Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center
(503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.  

Spring activities take place from April 1 through June 9.

Summer programs open for enrollment on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 16 at 9:30am. Session A & A/B (June 24 - July 28) 
  • Thursday, June 13 at 9:30am. Session B (July 29 - August 25) 
  • Thursday, July 25 at 9:30am. September Session (September 2 - September 29)
  • If cost is a barrier to participating, consider getting an Access Pass.

View and sign up for activities online

Summer 2024 Program Guide

View and sign up for youth camps at St. Johns Community Center

Drop-In Activities

  • Monday
    12:00–2:00pm—Adult Pickleball (age 18+, $5)
    3:30–5:00pm—Youth/Teen Open Gym (age 20 and younger, FREE)
  • Tuesday
    9:00–11:00am—Toddler Gym (age 6 months–3 years, $1/child)  
  • Wednesday
    10:30am–11:20pm—Yoga in the park ($6)
    3:30–5:00pm—Youth/Teen Open Gym (age 20 and younger, FREE)
  • Thursday
    9:00–11:00am—Toddler Gym (age 6 months–3 years, $1/child)
    3:30–5:00pm—Youth/Teen Open Gym (age 20 and younger, FREE)
  • Friday
    3:30–5:00 pm—Youth/Teen Open Gym (age 20 and younger, FREE)

Portland Parks Preschool

Now enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year. Discount options are available. View schedules and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

SOAR (Afterschool Program)

Student Oriented Afterschool Recreation

A school year program serving grades K-5 from James John and Sitton Elementary Schools. We provide transportation from school to our center.

An enriching environment with entertaining and challenging activities that enhance children's development and promotes self-esteem. Relish opportunities such as homework help, sports and games, social interaction, arts and crafts, education, and time making new friends. The place to be! SOAR does not operate on Portland Public School non-school days. 

  • For more information, please call 503-823-3192.
  • To secure a space in our program, a $40 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. If this is a barrier to participation, the deposit can be collected at a later date upon request.

For further information of the Non-Discrimination statement, please visit the USDA Civil Rights webpage

St. Johns Community Center Roof and HVAC Replacement

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, St. Johns Community Center received a roof replacement and a replacement HVAC system to improve heating and cooling. The heating/cooling (HVAC) system installation work was completed in 2017. The building's roof was replaced in summer 2018.

Project Schedule

Fall 2015 - Winter 2015/16
Design Development

Winter 2016/17 - Spring 2017
Permitting and Bidding

Summer 2017 - Fall 2017
Construction for HVAC system

Spring 2018 - Summer 2018
Roof replacement

Year acquired
Size in acres

Built in 1940, this center was originally part of a recreation complex that served the large number of workers in the Kaiser shipyards during World War II. When the war was over, the pre-fabricated building was dismantled and moved on flatbed trucks, piece by piece, to its current location. This new home was two blocks from the center of downtown St. Johns, at the edge of a large cherry and prune orchard. Some of the old fruit trees still stand on the center's grounds.

In 1998-99, a number of improvements were made using funds from 1994 General Obligation Bond. In 2018, St. Johns Community Center received a roof and HVAC system replacement thanks to funds from the Parks Replacement Bond.

Park Location or Entrance

8427 N Central Street
Portland, OR 97203

Located within

Open hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am–8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am–1:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Hours beginning Monday, 6/24:

Monday–Friday: 7:30am–6:00pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Building Closures and Special Hours 
June 19– CLOSED
July 4– CLOSED 
September 4– CLOSED 


St. Johns Community Center

Monica Nettle

St. Johns CC Building Supervisor

Park amenities/activities

Preschool Program
Rock Climbing Wall
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
Basketball Court (Indoor)

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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